Carmen’s Black History: Past, Present, and Future

Black History Month is not only a time to look back and honor those who have made strides in the Black community, but a time to look around us at history in the making, and look towards the future to recognize changes that still need to be made. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has suspended our…

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Video: Honoring the Black Excellence That Exists in Local 589

This year, the Boston Carmen’s Union will be celebrating you – our members. This video, “Black History: History in Motion,” is the first in a series of web videos that will highlight the extraordinary efforts of our diverse and inclusive workforce. While we cannot celebrate Black History at an in-person event this year, we are…

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1919 Boston Police Strike

On September 9, 1919, more than 1,100 Boston Police officers went on strike for fair wages, decent working conditions and their right to organize. Boston’s policemen were paid less than most of the city’s skilled laborers, and had not had a raise in decades. Normal shifts ranged from ten to thirteen hours. Required to be…

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The Bigger Dig

Boston Globe | By Doug Most | January 26, 2014 Adapted from The Race Underground by Doug Most. Copyright © 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press LLC. THE WORKERS WORE baggy pants, suspenders, long-sleeve shirts with the sleeves rolled up their forearms, and hats to protect their hair and…

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, we remember and celebrate the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was a strong supporter of organized labor and unions. Below is video clip from a speech he gave to sanitation workers in Memphis on March 18, 1968. It was filmed 47 years ago and yet the issues are the same,…

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